Party at our place

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This little Tuesday night tradition we have going on? Let’s keep it forever ๐Ÿ˜‰
We wanted to have everyone over for dinner while the Pilot’s mom is here, so last night was pizza night at our house. I would have loved to make a *real* dinner, but we met up at Grant’s for an hour of last-minute editing. I left with a copy of the DVD! SO exciting.

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So for dinner, pizza it was. Everyone loves it, and Roastti’s delivers ๐Ÿ™‚ I made a salad with greens, strawberries, mint, marcona almonds and balsamic, we ordered a few large thin crust pizzas, and for dessert: buckeye brownies.

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(even though I’m staying away from sugar this week for the most part, I still had to try a buckeye brownie. Hashtag worth it.)

Buckeye brownie

We wanted to keep it super casual since everyone had work/school yesterday, and it ended up being absolutely perfect. It may or my not have ended with a Kyle-Meg-Gina-Tom battle with the Sing! app. Kyle, Meg and the Pilot put up a fierce fight, but I reigned supreme (by like 10 points). I’d like to thank the glass of Chianti.

We’ve also had some fun adventures while MIL is here ๐Ÿ™‚

Some pics from the Botanical Gardens:

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This morning, I’m back to work! It’s a Zumba day, and I finally refreshed the playlist with 3 new songs:

“Blurred Lines”


and “El Meneaito”

Hope you have a happy humpday! If you’re looking for a little extra credit for today’s workout, try this booty burner – one of my faves.



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  1. Emily @ The Good Era on August 14, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Buckeye brownies?! Oooomg.

    I just love Olivia in those sunglasses. Babies in glasses is honestly one of the cutest things ever.

  2. Elizabeth M. on August 14, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Bahhaha that last picture too funny! It reminds me of this pic… always makes me laugh!

  3. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat on August 14, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Pizza and salad is always a win, win in my back! It’s super easy and everyone always loves it!

    The botanical gardens are beautiful! Love Liv behind that giant butterfly!

  4. Stephanie @FoodFit4Real on August 14, 2013 at 11:48 am

    It took me a full 30 seconds to understand why you were making a face in that last picture. Guess I don’t notice the details…

  5. Amanda @ Sistas of Strength on August 14, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Love that orange dress!!

  6. Joelle (on a pink typewriter) on August 14, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Your face is hilarious in that last pic!

    Where’d you get your orange dress– it’s so cute! I need more sundresses in my wardrobe (/I need to go shopping).

  7. mary @ minutes per mile on August 14, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I don’t Zumba, but I do run! Always looking for new upbeat songs to add to my collection — love this Marioneta one! Thanks

  8. Caitie @ twentytwofit on August 14, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Liv is the cutest butterfly! And that picture of you in front of the dinosaur….hahahaha

  9. Amanda @ .running with spoons. on August 14, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Casual get-togethers are the best. As are “hashtag: worth it”s ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope you’re having a great day, girl!

  10. Jenny on August 14, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I am defiantly making the buckeye brownies!! And that is about the cutest little butterfly I have ever seen.

  11. Ashley @ Life and Fitness on August 14, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    I love your sunglasses! I totally would have had more than one brownie ๐Ÿ˜‰ they look good.

  12. Jacquelyn @justjacq on August 14, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    When i was little my favorite night was Friday pizza night at my Grandma’s. We don’t do that anymore, but I probably wouldn’t enjoy it as much now that I have to act appropriate lol. Where did you get your sunnies? I have a pair similar to those and they are on their last leg

  13. Jay on August 14, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Super cute dresses on both of you! AND I love the song Blurred Lines. Have you seen the video? It’s a bit dorky but I love how TI dances in it. Yum.

  14. Jackie on August 14, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Please share the brownie recipe!

  15. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on August 14, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Oh I love Blurred Lines! How fun!

  16. Laurin on August 14, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Do you have ties to Ohio? Buckeyes are a big deal here!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Katie on August 14, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      Hey! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m from Columbus and actually just ate a buckeye today! I agree – big deal here. And there’s nothing better than peanut butter and chocolate together, so us Ohioans must have been on to something to make it ours! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. Morgan {Style Oyster & The Gym Bunny} on August 14, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Love it, and I am loving the song, “Blurred Lines”…it’s a feel-good tune. I totally would’ve ditched a little diet for that brownie too.

  18. Livi on August 14, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    that orange dress is SO cute! where is it from!?

  19. Lucie@FitSwissChick on August 14, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Loove casual get togethers!! Best. And Livi’s shades! Priceless.

  20. Katie on August 14, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Beautiful pictures!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I pre-ordered your DVD and cannot wait to get it!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves on August 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Looks like you all had a lovely little partayyy. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I love going to botanical gardens with my family–always a nice way to spend time with them, walk around, and take in the aesthetic of nature!
    (Also love that dress! Your fashion is always so darn cute.)

  22. Candice on August 14, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Love your dress! So cute!

  23. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on August 14, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    I love your orange dress and those brownies are just about the most amazing thing I have seen!! Looks delicious!

  24. Maria on August 14, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    At what age did Liv start keeping her glasses on? I can’t get my 12 mo daughter to keep hers on! The Sing it App is a blast by the way! Thanks for that!

    • JennP on August 14, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      I think it might be more of a child-to-child thing than an age thing. My 3 y/o has NEVER kept on a pair of sunglasses, and the only hair accessory that she’ll leave alone is a ponytail – clips and headbands come right out. Stubborn!

  25. Jodie on August 14, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    The salad looks awesome. Did I miss the post with your no sugar goal?
    If there is a link would you mind posting? Thanks

  26. april on August 14, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    liv keeps getting more and more adorable! love her baby toms and little shades ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Sheena on August 14, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Hi Gina,

    Thanks for being such an inspiration to live a healthy active lifestyle ๐Ÿ™‚

    I hope you can share with us a little more from your two weight loss journeys – your first successful weight loss attempt, as well as getting back into shape after having Livi… Did you ever fall into the trap of making bad nutritional choices, feeling guilty, then going “well, since today is ruined I’m just going to eat all the sweets I want”? It’s something I personally struggle with a lot, so any advice would be appreciated!

  28. Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine on August 14, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    I just pinned those brownies. They look fabulous! Liv is such a cutie pie. Way too much fun!

  29. courtstar @ starsystemz on August 14, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    How fun! I love having people over its always so much better then dining out! Thanks for sharing your salad recipe sounds tasty ๐Ÿ™‚ love + shine Courtstar

  30. PluvK on August 14, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Haha, at first I was thinking, “Why does Gina look so scared in that last pic?” Then I noticed the dinosaur in the background! LOL ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Katy @ Naner-A-Day on August 15, 2013 at 12:14 am

    My great aunt used to make buckeyes and I made them last year! Definitely following up with buckeye brownies this year! Ahhhmaze!

  32. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance on August 15, 2013 at 2:44 am

    Olivia is such a little fashionista!

  33. Angie on August 15, 2013 at 3:30 am

    Ahh that pic of Livi and you is sooo sweet. Omgoodness and Livi in the toms shoes and sunnies melted me. She is such a doll.

    Glad you have your MIL there. My father and MIL are going to our place this weekend for our sons bday…..but of course hubby and i are both deployed. We are both jelly cos we love his parents. Our lil boy doesnt know they are coming. But he adores his nana and papa to pieces.

    Yes i agree, i need that buckeye brownie recipe. it looks sooo good. is that PB in it????

  34. Dynamics on August 15, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    OMG, she is sooooooo cute. Is that a little purse she is carrying? A mini Gina.

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